Looking for a new indie comic series or an entry point to a long-running franchise? Look no further as we explore the week’s best new independent comics and graphic novels. This week sees the release of a much-hyped collaboration, a hotel for superheroes and we bid farewell to a long-running series.
NOTE several comics featured in this article are digital only. You can find more information at either the publisher’s website or Comixology.
A.D.: After Death: Vol 1
Scott Snyder, Jeff Lemire – Image Comics
Two superstars of the comic world, Scott Snyder (Batman New 52, American Vampire) and Jeff Lemire (Bloodshot, The Underwater Welder) team for a unique book that’s part comic part prose. Planned to be a three-volume series, the story explores a ‘what if’ where we find a cure for death.
“set in a future where a genetic cure for death has been found. Years after the discovery, one man starts to question everything, leading him on a mind-bending journey that will bring him face-to-face with his past and his mortality.”
The first volume is 71 pages and is sure to be an epic read. I’m still waiting for my copy in the mail, but the early reviews have been incredibly positive.
Go Home (Digital Only)
Dan Hill, Andrew Herbst – Alterna Comics
A young man bids farewell to his militarised father and heads away to the Pacific to fight in WWII. His ship capsizes and the young man finds himself stranded on an island that’s used as a supply drop by the enemy. Events take a violent turn as all wars do. This is a self-contained story, and personally, I’d love to see more like it.
Bloodstone #1 (Digital Only)
Desmond Carlo Serratore – Serratore Comics
In this new fantasy series, Navy pilot Rip Dakota is swept into the eye of a violent storm that has opened a hidden door into the world of Atlantis, 10,000 BC. To return home, Rip must solve the secret of the Bloodstone’s power – while eluding a ruthless and nefarious enemy, High Priest Draggo. Bloodstone is the work of one talented man who illustrated the comic with some excellent watercolour art. It’s worth a look.
Dream Crasher #1 (Digital Only)
Daniel Stalter, Reed Olsen – Stealing Fire Comics
The start of a fascinating new horror series about Amalie, a tough as nails 12-year old who lives alone with a strange beast she calls Creature. Amalie can’t explain what Creature is, but she knows that he has her Papa’s eyes. The two have been working together to survive since The Long Winter started, but all of that changes on the day Creature brings home something Amalie hasn’t seen in a long time: a living human boy. This is the first issue of a 12 chapter story. It’s also a bargain at just 99 cents.
Serge Lehman, Stephane Creta – Titan Comics
“Frank Braffort has returned from war suffering from PTSD, but he is thrown headfirst into a terrifying new reality where phenomena, called Anomalies, appear out of nowhere. Facing this mysterious and lethal enemy, Braffort is called on to go into battle once again for the safety of the city!”
Indie Comics #2 (Digital Only)
Various – Caliber Comics
This double sized anthology series returns for round 2. Gary Scott Beatty turns a Japanese legend to the dark side in “The Deadly Passion of Vega and Altair!” Terry Cronin’s spring breakers are caught between fangs, tattoos and tumours in “Flame of Faith!” An aging punk rocker confronts a crazy cult in Gary Scott Beatty’s “The Portal’s Dreadful Key!” And Paul Bradford’s desert raiders discover why “The Mute 8” never fail! Continued from Issue 1, Rick Bonn’s savage caveman Rohrr! Seeks companionship! Then Brad Olrich’s ill-fated mercenary raid concludes “At Galaxy’s Core!”
Chew #60 (Final Issue)
John Layman, Rob Guillory – Image Comics
After five years, 60 issues and several spin off comics featuring everyone’s favourite cock-fighting rooster Poyo, Chew comes to an end. This oversized issue acts as a prologue with an aged Tony Chew looking back on his life. We had some laughs, some surprises and grossed out moments. Chew was a ride worth taking. This is certainly not the place to pick up your first issue of Chew, just a farewell; I recommend the hardcover Omnivore Editions that feature 10 issues in each.
Hero Hotel (Graphic Novel, Digital Only)
Various – Fanbase Press
Chet wants to help people, but it never works out well for him. He and his cat Boomer wind up working in a hotel exclusively for superheroes. The problem is heroes on holiday can be jerks!
Watchmen Noir (Graphic Novel)
Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons – DC Comics
One of the greatest graphic novels of all time presented in stark black and white, highlighting Dave Gibbons’ dark, moody artwork. Part murder mystery, part planet-altering conspiracy, reunited heroes-Rorschach, Nite Owl, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan, and Ozymandias-test the limits of their convictions and ask themselves where the true line is between good and evil. Watchmen Noir collects all 12 issues of the incredible series.
That’s our pick of the week. What are you reading? Let us know on Twitter or in the comments below.
Michael Vane is a freelance journalist and co-editor of PN2. He’s on Twitter @DrVane